Creating Environments for Growth: The Reading, Writing & Rithmetic of Professional Development

By Matt Dierdorff

     In 1907 Will Cobb and Gus Edwards laid out their 3 “R’s” of Education in the lyrics of their catchy little ditty “School Days”, when they spoke of “Reading, Writing & ‘Rithmetic”. In addition to playing fast and loose with alliteration, they reminded us that there are core concepts at the heart of learning. As life beyond

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Is Failure a Courtroom or a Classroom?

By Matt Dierdorff

    Indictment. It is what we guard against most often when we shrink back from the prospect of failure. There is something behind those imposing wooden doors marked “Risk”. Once opened, we expect to find a stern-faced jury of our peers exacting a verdict on who we are and where we’ve fallen short. The sentence, we believe, includes time in the

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Top 5 Reasons Why Self-Awareness Is An Important Skill For Creating Positive Change

By Toie Martin

Self-Awareness. It’s not just for hippies and gurus anymore! Self-awareness is our ability to recognize and understand our feelings and emotions. It might sound mushy and kumbayahish, but being aware of who we are and what is important to us is the first (and possibly the most important) skill for creating successful change in any environment.  Here’s why…

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Self-Confident Style

By Dave Oakes

“Star Quality”Self-Confident individuals stand out. They’re the leaders, the shining lights, the attention getters in their public or private spheres. Theirs is a star quality born of self-regard, self-respect, self certainty-all those self words that denote a faith in oneself and a commitment to one’s self styled purpose. Combined with ambition that marks this style, t

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Great Leaders Lead With Honesty

By Dave Oakes

Developing honesty What you can do to develop this trait. Select the suggestion(s) that you will begin implementing within the week: Do what you say you’ll do. Honesty is perceived in your behavior, so make sure your actions match your words.Don’t make promises you can’t keep. If you think you won’t be able to turn the project in by 5:00, don

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Good Leaders Are Accountable

By Dave Oakes

Good Leaders Are AccountableAccountability means answering or accounting for your actions and results. It is something every leader wants more of from his or her team. Accountability is like rain—everyone knows they need it, but no one wants to get wet. It’s easy to talk about how “they” need to be more accountable, but it can be uncomfortable when we apply it to oursel

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8 Things To Motivate Your Team

By Dave Oakes

Here are 8 things you can do to motivate your team:Look in the mirror.Are you waking up with enthusiasm and excitement about your work? Have you set goals for yourself and your team? Or are you just punching a time clock like the rest of them and its all you can do to not fall asleep with boredom or scream out loud with frustration. What do you need to become more excited and enthused? If yo

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5 Tools In Every Great Leaders Tool,Box

By Dave Oakes

Five Tools in Every Great Leader’s Tool Box In The Leadership Challenge James Kouzes and Barry Posner feature five Practices of Exemplary Leadership.1. Modeling the wayYour title is taken for granted, but the primary way you get the respect of others is through your behavior. 2. Inspiring a shared visionEffective leaders are able to form pictures of what the

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Be A Role Model

By Dave Oakes

Be A Role Model- POWERFUL MESSAGEExample is perhaps the most powerful leadership action. When employees hear their managers asking their people to forgo pay raises to help the company in bad times, yet see those same managers lining their own pockets with pension benefits that are not available to all employees, it leaves a bad taste. When a leader says one thing and does another, employees im

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Everyone is Angry! Using Community Mediation Principles in Everyday Relationships

By Rochelle Howard

As 2018 closes, we are left with a year filled with continual divisiveness, confrontation, us versus them, and overall uncomfortableness in our country’s shoes. This discontent has been cited or talked about in almost every forum, from memes of political figures, to national newspaper articles, to twitter and LinkedIn posts enraging the flames or gasping for civility.In January

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